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Governor Nathan Deal appointed Michael Malihi as the Chief Judge of the Administrative Court in the State of Georgia. Previously, Judge Malihi served as the Deputy Chief Judge to Chief Judges Mark A. Dickerson, Lois F. Oakley and Max Wood from 1999 to 2016. He was appointed Judge in 1995 by the Honorable Mark H. Cohen. Judge Malihi manages all aspects of the Court’s operations in 159 counties. In addition to his judicial duties, Judge Malihi manages the internal operation of the Court: the judicial staff, staff attorneys, clerk’s office, case management staff, IT department, court security, budget and administration, human resources, and contract negotiations. He oversees the selection and organization of the circuit system. He serves as the chief contact person with the Governor’s Office, Office of the Attorney General, the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget, the Senate Budget and Evaluation Office, the House Budget Office, and State Agency Heads. Judge Malihi is responsible for the implementation and enforcement of the Code of Judicial Conduct. He is responsible for planning and presiding over monthly meetings of the Judges, planning and budgeting for continuing judicial education conferences, and the appointment of new Judges and staff. Judge Malihi is the former National Chair of the Central Panel Chief Judges, former Section Chair of the Administrative Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia, and a current member of the Advisory Board of the Federalist Society, Atlanta Chapter. Judge Malihi is a graduate of Boston University School of Law (Juris Doctor). He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia.
Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Judge Baxter graduated with honors from the University of Texas at Austin and received her Juris Doctor from the University of Georgia School of Law. Prior to receiving her appointment in 2008, she practiced environmental law with the Atlanta firm of Troutman Sanders LLP, where she was selected as a Georgia Rising Star by Atlanta Magazine. Judge Baxter has served as Chair of the Administrative Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia.
In 2012, Judge Beaudrot was appointed by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal to serve as the first Chief Judge of the Georgia Tax Tribunal. In 2014, Judge Beaudrot returned to Morris, Manning and Martin as a Senior Partner in the Tax Practice. However, he was appointed to serve as a Special Assistant Administrative Law Judge with OSAH. Judge Beaudrot is a frequent speaker on tax, partnership and corporate topics for numerous sponsors such as the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Institute for Continuing Legal Education in Georgia and the Georgia Real Estate Tax Conference. Judge Beaudrot has been particularly active in the area of flow-through entities in Georgia, having participated in the drafting process for Georgia’s LLC and LLP legislation. Chambers USA, America’s Leading Business Lawyers: The Client’s Guide identifies him as among the nation’s leading tax attorneys, Legal 500 named him as a leading lawyer for real estate tax, Georgia Trend magazine identified him one of the state’s “Legal Elite,”Atlanta magazine has listed him as one of its “Super Lawyers,” and the Atlanta Business Chronicle has listed him in its Who’s Who in Law. He also teaches Partnership Tax and Contract Drafting as an Adjunct Professor at Emory University Law School’s Center for Transactional Law and Practice program.
Judge Brown obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia, and earned her J.D. from Walter F. George School of Law in Macon in 1984. After admission to the Georgia Bar in 1984, Judge Brown was in private practice until 1988, when she became employed with the State of Georgia as a hearing officer with the Georgia Department of Human Resources. From the formation of the Office of State Administrative Hearings in April 1995 to date, she has worked as an administrative law judge. Judge Brown has served as President, Secretary and Treasurer of the Georgia Association of Administrative Judiciary.
Judge Hennelly received his J.D. from Georgia State University, College of Law in 1992. Upon graduation, he joined the Georgia Department of Law, Office of the Attorney General, where he served as counsel for numerous state agencies for 24 years, eventually heading up the Office’s Environmental Section as a Senior Assistant Attorney General before joining OSAH. While with the AG’s Office, Judge Hennelly was involved in civil, administrative, and criminal cases including utility rate cases at the Georgia Public Service Commission, Secretary of State professional licensing board cases, and a wide variety of environmental and natural resource cases in both state and federal courts.
Prior to pursuing his legal career, Judge Hennelly served in the United States Marine Corps for 10 years. Judge Hennelly currently resides in Gwinnett County with his daughter, a recent graduate from the University of Georgia.
Stephanie M. Howells was appointed as an Administrative Law Judge with the Office of State Administrative Hearings in September, 2006. Prior to her appointment, Judge Howells practiced law in the areas of products liability, toxic torts, and general litigation, with Jones Day’s Atlanta office. Before moving to Georgia, Judge Howells was a litigation associate with the New Orleans law firm of Montgomery Barnett.
Judge Howells graduated, cum laude, from Loyola University School of Law, where she was a member of the Loyola Law Review and Moot Court staff. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Louisiana State University Medical Center. Prior to attending law school, she practiced as a registered nurse, specializing in cardiac care.
Judge Howells is a member of the National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary and the Georgia Association of Administrative Judiciary.
Judge Ana-Beatriz Kennedy obtained a B.A. in Political Science Cum Laude and a minor in Criminology from the University of Florida. In June 1997, she graduated from Georgia State University College of Law in the top 20% of her class. Judge Kennedy worked for Atlanta Legal Aid Society from 1997 to 2002 focusing on low-income individuals and families’ access to legal representation and the court system. In June 2002, Judge Kennedy was sworn in as an Administrative Law Judge with the Office of State Administrative Hearings (OSAH) at the Latin American Association in both English and Spanish, which was a delight to her Colombian Father and Cuban Mother. She served as Chair of the State Bar’s Administrative Law Section and President of the Georgia Association of Administrative Judiciary. She also served as a Board member of the National Association of Administrative Judiciary from 2011-2013. Judge Kennedy is a Certified Mediator registered with Georgia’s Office of Dispute Resolution, and serves as in-house mediator for OSAH.
Judge Langston attended Georgia Military College and received an academic award for excellence in the study of military history. He graduated from Georgia College with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1976. He served on active duty in the US Army as a squad leader with the Second Infantry Division in Korea from 1973-1974. He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for distinguished service. He attended John Marshall Law School in Atlanta and received his Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1979. He served with the Georgia Department of Transportation as staff attorney and as a State Hearing Officer. He was appointed a professional lecturer with the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council teaching courses in evidence, constitutional law, administrative search and seizure, courtroom demeanor and testimony and civil liability under color of law. He served as Section Chair for the Administrative Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia, and President of the Georgia Association of the Administrative Judiciary.
In 1995, Judge Miller received her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Georgia School of Law. At UGA, she served as Executive Editor of the Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law and was a recipient of the Marion J. Smith scholarship for academic excellence. She received a B.S., cum laude, from the University of Illinois in 1991.
Judge Miller was an Assistant Attorney General for eight years prior to her appointment as an administrative law judge. She has also worked as a juvenile court prosecutor and guardian ad litem.
Judge Miller has served on the Board of Governors and as the treasurer of the National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary. She is also a past president of the Georgia Association of Administrative Judiciary.
Kimberly Wolod Schroer was appointed an Administrative Law Judge in February 2007. Prior to her appointment, Judge Schroer worked in the Certificate of Need Division of the General Counsel’s Office for the Georgia Department of Community Health and was an Assistant Attorney General with the State Law Department.
Judge Schroer graduated cum laude from the University of Maryland in 1988 and received her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1991, where she was a member of the editorial board of the Virginia Tax Review. From 1991 to 1997, she was a litigation associate for Piper & Marbury, LLP in Washington, D.C. Thereafter, she served as an Assistant County Attorney in Charlottesville, Virginia and Fairfax, Virginia, before moving to Georgia in 2003.
Judge Schroer is the past president of the Georgia Association of Administrative Judiciary. She is married and has two daughters.
Judge Teate earned his J.D. from Samford University in Birmingham in 1977, and his A.B. degree from the University of Georgia in Athens in 1972. He completed his J.D. requirements for Samford University at Emory University in Atlanta.
He was admitted to the Georgia Bar in 1977. Up until 1993, Judge Teate worked either as a sole practitioner or as a member of a small Metro law firm that focused primarily on personal injury, workers compensation, bankruptcy and domestic relations. From October 1993, to April 1995, he worked as a hearing officer for the Georgia Department of Human Resources. The Office of State Administrative Hearings was established in April 1995 and Judge Teate is one of the first administrative law judges appointed. Judge Teate has also taught administrative law courses in the Masters of Public Administration program at Kennesaw State University and tort, debtor-creditor, and research courses to paralegal students in the Emory Paralegal Certificate Program.
Ronit Walker was appointed as an Administrative Law Judge with the Office of State Administrative Hearings in 2002. Judge Walker grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, summa cum laude, and received her J.D. from Harvard Law School, cum laude. She clerked for U.S. District Judge Gary Taylor on the Central District of California and Judge John Porfilio on the U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit. Judge Walker was an Assistant Federal Public Defender in the Northern District of Georgia. She also worked for the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, and served as a Municipal Judge for the City of Atlanta, Pro Hac Vice.
Judge Walker has been a board member of the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers, the Atlanta Council of Younger Lawyers, the Georgia Association of Administrative Judiciary, the State Bar Basics Committee, and various civic and religious organizations.
Judge Carol Walker-Russell is an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) with the Georgia Office of State Administrative Hearings, where she has handled disputes between the public and State agencies since August 16, 2000. An Atlanta native, Judge Walker-Russell received her Bachelor of Science degree, in Criminal Justice, from Georgia State University in 1984, and obtained her Juris Doctorate degree from Georgia State University, College of Law in 1987. Her extensive legal career includes: Law Clerk to a Dekalb State Court Judge; Assistant Solicitor General and Chief Assistant Solicitor General; Adjunct Professor of Litigation at Georgia State University, College of Law; State Certified Mediator since 1998; Owner and operator of Russell Law Office, P.C., a law firm concentrating in personal injury litigation, wills, corporations, criminal defense, and domestic matters; Dekalb County Recorder’s Court Judge; Dekalb County Magistrate Judge, where she sat by designation as a Superior Court and State Court Judge, and her current position as an Administrative Law Judge. Judge Walker-Russell is a member of numerous bar organizations including the National Association of Administrative Law Judges, the Georgia Association of Women Lawyers (GAWL), the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys (GABWA), and the Gate City Bar Association (GCBA) where she served as the 2015 Chair of the Judicial Section and oversaw the awarding of $42,500 in scholarships and judicial fellowships. Devoting her entire life to public service and to motivating, inspiring and encouraging others, Judge Walker-Russell is a frequent inspirational speaker at schools and civic events. In her spare time, she enjoys singing, writing songs, poetry and short stories.
Judge Patrick Woodard is a native Tennessean. He earned a bachelor’s degree in History from Birmingham Southern College, and a JD from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He practiced law in East Tennessee before moving to Atlanta in 1990 to work in the Fair Hearing Unit of the Georgia Department of Human Resources. In 1995 he was appointed as one of the original Administrative Law Judges with the Office of State Administrative Hearings. Judge Woodard has conducted hearings in 151 of 159 Georgia counties, in dozens of areas of administrative law. He currently hears cases in over 30 counties in East, Middle and North Georgia.
Judge Woodard is married to the former Virginia Lynn Jones of Waynesboro, Mississippi, and is proud father of two sons, Michael and Alex. He is an active volunteer in his church and community, and enjoys hiking, backpacking, and officiating youth track and field.
Lisa Boggs grew up in Douglasville, Georgia, where she graduated from Alexander High School. After receiving a journalism degree from Berry College, she spent the next five years working for newspapers in Rome, Georgia, and Greenwood, South Carolina. Lisa returned to the Atlanta area to attend Georgia State University College of Law, where she graduated with honors and was an Associate Research Editor for the Law Review. Following a two-year term as a staff attorney with the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, she now serves as OSAH’s general counsel and is the staff attorney for the Honorable Judge Miller.
Dominic Capraro was raised in Marietta, Georgia, where he graduated from Lassiter High School. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Political Science from Kennesaw State University. He graduated cum laude from Georgia State University College of Law, where he was an Associate Research Editor for the Law Review. At the Office of State Administrative Hearings, Dominic is the staff attorney for the Honorable Judges Brown, Schroer, and Teate.
Laurin McDonald began working at the Office of State Administrative Hearings in 2012 after receiving her J.D. with honors from Georgia State University. At Georgia State, Laurin was a Student Writing Associate Editor on the Law Review and competed on the Moot Court Board. Laurin received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia, where she graduated magna cum laude. Prior to pursuing law, Laurin worked in the fashion industry in London, England and Atlanta.
Laurin is the staff attorney for the Honorable Judges Baxter and Beaudrot, and serves as the staff attorney for the Honorable Judge O’Neal, Chief Judge of the Georgia Tax Tribunal.
Currently, Laurin is pursuing an Executive LL.M. in Taxation at Georgetown University Law Center.
Zeke Van Keuren began working at the Office of State Administrative Hearings in 2017 after graduating from William & Mary Law School. At William & Mary, Zeke acted as the Graduate Research Fellow for the Special Education Advocacy Clinic, was a member of the William & Mary Law Review, and received the Ewell Award for his service to the greater William & Mary community. Zeke completed his undergraduate at Emory University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History. While attending Emory University, Zeke was a member of the Emory Varsity Swim Team, volunteered with the Special Olympics swimming program, and co-hosted a weekly campus radio show. At the Office of State Administrative Hearings, Zeke is the staff attorney for the Honorable Judges Kennedy, Howells, and Walker.
Jennifer Williams was raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Economics and International Business. After completing her undergraduate education, Jennifer moved to Athens, Georgia to attend the University of Georgia School of Law, where she graduated cum laude and served as a notes editor for the Georgia Journal of Intellectual Property Law. At the Office of State Administrative Hearings, Jennifer is the staff attorney for the Honorable Judges Hennelly, O’Neal, and Woodard.